Monday, April 6 2020



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Whatever horror Covid-19 brings, this is the hour our heroes stepped up

Leaders, doctors, cops, ordinary folk - we'll remember when we all came through when we needed to most

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IN PICTURES | ‘We don’t sleep’: SA’s unsung heroes in Covid-19 fight

These are the local stalwarts working hard to keep SA running during the coronavirus disaster

By Alaister Russell
1 min read

SA brains come up with a nifty box to protect virus frontline staff

The invention by doctors at Joburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Hospital will soon be sent around the country

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There’s mayhem in store over who gets to define ‘essential’

Who gets to say a hairbrush is a nonessential product? Thanks to some vague new legislation, it’s hard to know

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist
4 min read

Can SA’s decades-old vaccine regime work against Covid-19?

Countries with a long-standing BCG programme are faring far better against the virus, a study has found

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
2 min read

Lesson for parents: You will still have to pay private school fees

Schools have got to continue invoicing parents for education online or through study packs, says Isasa

Prega Govender
3 min read



Meet Simon, the latest SA fossil to rewrite human history

New find proves our first nearly human-like ancestor walked Earth up to 200,000 years earlier than thought

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter
3 min read

Men cleared after doing 3 years for gang rape, lose bid to sue state

They say the fact that the woman was a prostitute was withheld, in what may be a test case on rights to a fair trial

4 min read

On the rocky path to the Garden Route’s lost crocodiles

Ancient footprints give a surprisingly detailed insight to what it was like there in pre-history

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief
2 min read


A child plays with a goat during a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the old quarters of Delhi, India.
IN ROOFTOP FORM A child plays with a goat during a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the old quarters of Delhi, India.
Image: Reuters/Anushree Fadnavis

6 things you need to know

Girl, 14, raped and murdered

A 14-year-old pupil from Aurora Girls High School was on Friday found raped and brutally murdered in a bush at Emndeni Extension, Soweto. The Grade 9 girl went to a shop on Thursday in Dobsonville and on her return home she realised she had forgotten some items. She went back to the shop and never returned. The family searched for her and then reported her missing at the local police station. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi described her killing as a barbaric act. “How do people sleep after committing such a barbaric, and cruel act?” Lesufi said. Capt Kay Makhubele said the motive for the killing was not yet known.

Man wounds girlfriend, kills her mom then self

A Mpumalanga man shot and critically injured his girlfriend and then shot dead her mother before turning the gun on himself after a high-speed chase on Saturday. Police spokesperson Brig Leonard Hlathi said that, according to reports, an argument broke out between two men aged 35 and 41, at a mine site at Phola in Ogies near Witbank. “The 41-year-old tried to shoot at the other man but failed. The man then moved to where the woman [his girlfriend] was working and fired several shots, injuring her. The victim was rushed to hospital. He then drove to Hlalanikahle at Vosman where he fatally shot the victim’s mother,” Hlathi said. Residents alerted police and a chase ensued, during which the man “allegedly turned the gun on himself and his car crashed”.

Swelling Solidarity Fund buys 5 million masks

More than R2bn has been pledged by South Africans to the Solidarity Fund. More than 3,000 individuals donated amounts ranging from R1,000 to R100,000 while some of the donations came from large corporations and medium-sized businesses. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the formation of the fund two weeks ago and said it would focus on efforts to combat the spread of the virus, track its spread and care for those who are ill. It would also support those whose lives were disrupted. Fund chairperson, businesswoman Gloria Serobe, said the money received had already been used for activities that critical to saving lives, including the purchase of 5 million medical masks.

New, double tragedy for the Kennedys

Two members of the Kennedy family were presumed drowned in the latest tragedy to befall America’s most famous political dynasty. Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, granddaughter of former US attorney general Robert Kennedy, and her eight-year-old son Gideon, went missing while paddling a canoe on Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, on Thursday. - Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)

Zoom vows to fix security breaches

Zoom has apologised to users over security and privacy issues which have plagued the platform and pledged to make changes in the coming weeks.The video calling app, which has soared from 10 million users in December to more than 200 million in April, has suffered a series of privacy gaffes, including unwanted users interrupting calls .Eric Yuan, the chief executive, said it would be “shifting all engineering resources” to focus on security and there would be a 90-day freeze on adding new features. - Telegraph media Group Limited (2020)

Jewish family to get back Picasso stolen by Nazis

The National Gallery of Art in Washington said it will transfer a Picasso portrait to the heirs of a Jewish banker who was persecuted by Nazis.The 1903 drawing, “Head of a Woman”, was one of many pieces Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was pressured to sell because of Nazi policies before his death in 1935. The gallery said it hoped to avoid litigation costs. - Telegraph Media Group Limited (2020)




Today’s cryptic crossword

It's time to put your brain to work

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Today’s quick crossword

How fast can you get it done?

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Locked down and loaded up on books

Some of SA’s top authors and journalists tell us what’s on their bedside table for the duration

By Jennifer Platt
14 min read
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Why poor states fight virus better than rich ones

The example of Europe reveals how a stable recent history is just what isn’t needed in this time of crisis

By Camilla Tominey
3 min read

Un-adult-erated value: why your kids should keep a lockdown diary

Recording their lives will give children something to do now, and it will also be a vital document for the future

By Victoria Lambert
5 min read
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They wrote it this week: A duchess finds excuses not to join her ill hubbie

Extracts from diaries and letters written between April 6 and April 12

Robin Crouch
10 min read

So, tech is taking over from real life? Don’t be too sure about that

The great experiment in living online that is lockdown could very well have an unexpected outcome

By Leo Lewis
3 min read

Sheet you not: bog roll is all about control and self-sufficiency

Seven things you probably didn’t know about ... toilet paper

By Paula Andropoulos
3 min read

VW’s classic Kombi takes the flower out of power with electric spin

Battery-powered split-window e-Bulli allows clean cruising up the Diepkloof Pass with David Kramer

By Dennis Droppa
2 min read

Blast from the past

Today in SA sports history: April 6

David Isaacson
Sports reporter
2 min read

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